A SPECIAL BENEFIT FOR THE BRECHT FORUM Assembly Hall @Hunter College The Beginning is Near An Evening with Michael Moore & Cornel West (Moderated by dream hampton)
With almost four decades of experience to draw on, the Brecht Forum is entering 2012 with high hopes and a renewed spirit. As one prescient sign at Occupied Wall Street read, "The Beginning is Near."
Following years of capitalist triumphalism and imperial overreach, cynical horizons were challenged by 2011's popular uprisings. Starting with labor's powerful fight-back in Wisconsin and the earth-shaking Arab Spring, the spirit quickly spread to Greece and Spain, where a new generation of "indignados" seized city centers for participatory responses to capitalist austerity. Then New York City entered the international discussion with the rise of the Occupy Wall St and a newly combative 99%.
To put the generational shift in perspective, Pew Research released a poll at the end of the year in which a majority of people under 30 have a "positive view of socialism"--unprecedented figures that that trend up among people of color and the poor. Considering how negatively the term has been defined in American politics, these numbers show the scope of how real the current openings are.
These are the times the Brecht Forum was made for. The need for political education, non-sectarian meeting space, media production facilities and a movement crossroads are real. So are the stakes.
Please join friends, teachers, students, rabble-rousers and trouble makers for an historic evening with legendary filmmaker Michael Moore and the one and only Dr. Cornel West as they discuss the new political situation in the US and internationally and we raise some much needed funds for your favorite New York City movement center, the Brecht Forum. The conversation will be moderated by noted author and activist, dream hampton.
Michael Moore is an acclaimed filmmaker, best selling author and social activist. He is known for his expository documentaries such as Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko and his most recent Capitalism: A Love Story. Moore is an active participant in the Occupy Movement across the country by bringing publicity to an otherwise non-covered story. Moore has been a longstanding figure on the Left and is continuing to uphold his “trouble maker” status.
Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. West is currently professor at Princeton University. He has written 19 books and edited 13 books. He is best known for his commentary on race titled Race Matters. He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand.
dream hampton has been writing about music, culture and politics since she was a teenager in 1990. She is a staff writer for the recently relaunched Ebony.com and was a contributing writer to Vibe and The Village Voice for 15 years. Her essays have appeared in two dozen anthologies, most recently Rebecca Walker's "Black Cool." She collaborated with Jay-Z on his New York Times bestseller "Decoded." Her feature length documentary about U.S. political prisoners "Black August" will be available on dvd soon. dream hampton is from Detroit, where she lives.
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